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Spider-Man 3 hasn't opened yet in the United States, but continues to set box-office records all over the world.

After setting one-day box office records across Asia, the film continued that trend in Europe, according to figures published by Variety.

The film opened with $4 million in Italy, the country's biggest one-day debut, took in at least $1.4 million in France and $4.6 million in Germany.

After a world premiere in Tokyo, Sony heavily promoted the film last week in a whirlwhind tour of the stars and filmmakers in Europe.

"It would have been a real disappointment if it hadn't done well after all that," Spider-Man 3 star Kirsten Dunst said Wednesday morning during an appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly. "We were all really burned out. We had our fun moments, but it was intense."

In other Spider-Man 3 news:

* Online ticker seller Fandango reports that Spider-Man 3 is accounting for 94 percent of all of its weekly ticket sales as of Wednesday at noon (ET).

According to Fandango, the film is selling six times as many tickets as Spider-Man 2 and two-and-a-half times as many tickets as last year's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest sold at the same point in the films' respective cycles.

Fandango reports that dozens of midnight shows are selling out and that "many" theaters are adding 3 a.m. show times to accommodate demand.

* To the right is a newly released image from early in the film. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Dunst will be appearing on CBS' Morning Show on Thursday.

* Below is an image from the cast's appearance on MTV's Total Request Live on Tuesday. Click for a larger image.


Entertainment Weekly has published the first image of Iron Man in his contemporary armor from the Iron Man movie.

Described as a "Mark III" suit, it was designed by Stan Winston.

Although there is a practical suit, Iron Man will also be presented as a computer-generated character in the film.

In a previous interview, director Jon Favreau told The Continuum he's still taking a very realistic approach to the film.

"My biggest responsibility is to ground this digital character in as much practical reality as I can, not just visually but as far as the story-telling, as far as the reality of the world you're setting him in," he said. "Make everything real so the only thing you're buying that's fake is the digital character."

Click on the thumbnail for a larger image and look for more on Iron Man soon here in The Continuum.


For covers and five- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on May 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Iron Man: Hypervelocity #5 and Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1.


For covers and six- to eight-page previews of upcoming DC Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special and Silverfish.

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Warner Home Video has announced a July 24 release for Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Collection -- The 10th Anniversary Edition.

The four-disc set collects episodes from the animated series that aired on HBO from 1997-1999 and starred Keith David in the lead role.

Here's how the collection is described:

"Evil begets evil. Hell begets hellspawn. Exploding from the comic book page onto the screen, Spawn is a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped merciless power. He was once a he's a hellspawn, battling the forces of evil on earth...and in himself. Gradually discovering the terrifying power he possesses, Spawn fights to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny."

The collection has a suggeted price of $39.98.

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TwoMorrows Publishing has provided The Continuum its solicitations for August.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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IDW Publishing has announced a November release for The Claws Come Out, a humorous horror anthology from Pat Lewis.

To be released in a hardcover format, The Claws Come Out is a diverse collection of comical monster stories: an apathetic scientist works late defrosting the Abominable Snowman; a naive blood donor dates a rageaholic vampire; a two-bit fortuneteller inadvertently sparks a zombie epidemic. Martians, werewolves, serial killers and B-movie monsters square off against a variety of tough women.

"This is a great time to be making comics," Lewis said. "I couldn't be happier that IDW chose to publish my work."

The Claws Come Out will be 152 black-and-white pages and will cost $19.99.

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* Sci Fi has scheduled an August 10 premiere for its new Flash Gordon series starring Eric Johnson.


In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Friday, April 27: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, BlueWater Productions for August and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 26: Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Peter Tomasi exclusive writer for DC Comics and Heroes.

* Wednesday, April 25: Marvel First Looks, Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Family Guy.

* Tuesday, April 24: Spider-Man 3, First Looks, Top Cow's Unholy Union and Heroes.

* Monday, April 23: Spider-Man 3's Bryce Howard, The Batman, Painkiller Jane, Desperado Publishing for July, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Sunday, April 22: Legion of Super Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, April 21: Spider-Man 3, Smallville and Marvel First Looks First Looks.

* Friday, April 20: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, April 19: Spider-Man 3, Smallville, Painkiller Jane, Devil's Due Publishing for July, Avatar Press for July and Teen Titans.

* Wednesday, April 18: Dynamite Entertainment for July, Mirage Studios for July, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 17: Marvel Comics for July, Image Comics for July, Top Cow Productions for July, Archie Comics for July, Smallville and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, April 16: DC Comics for July, Edward Norton in Incredible Hulk and IDW Publishing for July.

* Sunday, April 15: Spider-Man, The Batman, DC Comics for July preview and Marvel Comics for July preview.

* Saturday, April 14: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Devil's Due First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Friday, April 13: Painkiller Jane, Virgin Comics for July and First Looks.

* Thursday, April 12: Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, April 11: Spider-Man 3, Top Cow's First Born, Marvel First Looks, Fantastic Four animated, The Ultimates and Flash Gordon.

* Tuesday, April 10: Painkiller Jane, Aspen Comics for July, Marvel First Looks and Dynamite First Looks.

* Monday, April 9: Painkiller Jane's Kristanna Loken, Ghost Rider on DVD, First Looks and Archie Comics Digests.

* Sunday, April 8: Spider-Man 3, Painkiller Jane, 300 box office and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, April 7: Teen Titans DVD and First Looks.

* Friday, April 6: Spider-Man 3, Digital Webbing for July, Devil's Due First Looks and Transformers: The Game.

* Thursday, April 5: Dark Horse Comics for July, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

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